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Last modified: Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Stigma still shadows psychiatric care

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Stigma still shadows psychiatric care

February 28, 2006

According to a study from researchers at the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research at Indiana University, Bloomington, Americans exhibit a greater understanding of mental illness and sympathy for it. They also recognize the effectiveness of antidepressants and psychiatric drugs, but a good number of them say they still wouldn't use them. Why the reluctance to take psychiatric drugs but not drugs to control health problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure? "I think they are afraid of what is going to happen to them, which for most people is undo caution," said sociologist Bernice A. Pescosolido, director of the consortium at IU.

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